Seattle Public Library
It cost $120+M to construct.
- here's a similar story about the main NYC branch - Patrons already intimidated by the BeauxArts building and its stone lions can't always figure out how to use this public service when all of its offerings are kept in stacks behind closed doors. Is this any way for a public institution to behave? Library president Paul Le Clerc didn't think so. That's why the NYPL, on his watch, has constructed an addition, South Court, to house new services such as research classes and orientations to familiarize New Yorkers with their library, how it works, and what it has to offer. Uh, how about a big freakin' sign inside the front door? Maybe these libraries need to call Richard Saul Wurman.
And I'm not quite sure it makes sense to spend lots of tax dollars to create extra "PublicSpace-s" to broaden the libraries mission. It just seems like more top-down boondoggle spending better put into smaller cheaper more distributed options.
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